OXFORD, Miss. — This is how Mississippi’s Jevan Snead imagined it would be.
He’s the starting quarterback for the No. 8 team, his photo is on the cover of Sports Illustrated and his name is in the conversation for the Heisman Trophy.
It may have taken him longer to get here than he expected, but he doesn’t mind.
“I wouldn’t want it to be any different,” Snead said.
It was clear the 6-foot-4 Texan with the quick-draw right arm found where he belonged when he finally hit the field as a starter. After two lost years waiting it out — first as a backup at Texas, then in Oxford because of NCAA transfer rules — he led Ole Miss to a No. 14, a 9-4 record and a Cotton Bowl win over Texas Tech.